Each person's contribution matters. Every act of love counts. Every courageous deed makes a difference.

Wilfredo De Jesùs

Time's 100 Most Influential People In The World

Available August 5th wherever Christian books are sold. Also available in Ebook formats.

About the Book

In The Gap is a place of weakness, vulnerability, and danger—a place of real threats. Today, people face serious difficulties in their marriages, with their kids, in their communities, in the nation, and across the globe. Quite often, the situation seems hopeless... but it's not.

In this book, Wilfredo De Jesús gives nine examples of courageous people in the Scriptures—men and women who recognized "gap" situations and trusted God to use them to make a difference. With clarity, power, and warmth, Pastor Choco points us to Jesus as the ultimate example and resource. As you taste the grace and greatness of God, your heart will be transformed, and He will give you the courage to step into the gaps around you.

And then, the world—our families, our communities, our nation, and the farthest corners of the globe—will experience God's grace and greatness, too.

Wilfredo De Jesús

Widely known as "Pastor Choco," Reverend Wilfredo De Jesús is Senior Pastor of New Life Covenant Church in Chicago, the largest Assemblies of God congregation in the nation.

He is the founder and Executive Director of New Life Family Services, a nonprofit agency that operates a homeless shelter for women with children.

In 2013, De Jesús was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world and recognized for his leadership and influence with Evangelical and Latino audiences.

De Jesús is sought after as a motivational speaker throughout the nation and abroad. He resides in the Humboldt Park community of Chicago with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children: Alexandria, Yesenia, and Wilfredo, Jr.


If you want to learn how to be a person who stands for righteousness, who goes into the deepest valleys to be the light and the voice of truth, then read In the Gap. Pastor Choco inspires us with powerful examples of people throughout history who are Gap Leaders

Mark Batterson

New York Times best-selling author and Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC

In the Gap is far more than an inspiring book about how to make a compelling difference. It's ideal for pastors to use in church-wide campaigns, or for class or small-group settings. Each chapter brings Bible characters into today's challenges with a fresh, engaging style. A self-assessment, discussion questions, and DVD offer additional practical uses. This is another winner from Pastor Choco!

Warren Bird

coauthor of twenty-six ministry books including Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work

This book identifies a tremendous need—it shows how God wants to use and equip us to be men and women who stand in the gap for the vulnerable in our society. This concept is crucial if we want to be like Jesus. If our communities hear us proclaim His good news, they also need to see the good news in action. And no one is better positioned to teach us how to do that than my friend, Pastor Choco. In the Gap reveals the heart of Choco's ministry, which is really the heart of Jesus' ministry.

Dr. Tim Harlow

Senior Pastor of Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois

Pastor Choco is a man of God who has lived out what it means to stand in the gap for others. This book will challenge you and inspire you to look around and make a difference.

Pastor Clemente Maldonado

District Superintendent, Midwest Latin District of Assemblies of God

Pastor Choco's book is powerful. It challenges and empowers us to stand in the gap for our generations and communities. Pastor Choco is uniquely qualified to speak on this vital topic because he has literally stood in the gap for his community and the nation—and ultimately, he has stood in the gap for God's kingdom. I highly recommend Pastor Choco's book to you. By reading it, you will walk away empowered to stand in the gap as I did when I encountered Pastor Choco's life!

Russell Evans

Senior Pastor of Planetshakers City Church in Melbourne, Australia

In the Gap is a bold and daring challenge to stand strong and watch God work! Through the lives of great Bible heroes of yesterday, Wilfredo De Jesús challenges us to live more courageous lives today! If it's strength, bravery, or faith that you need, read this book! You can't read In the Gap without being inspired to live a more gutsy life for God!

Dave Ferguson

Lead Pastor of Community Christian Church in Chicago, Illinois

There are few voices in a generation that have the authentic authority to call the army of the Lord to action. Pastor Wilfredo De Jesús is one of those voices. In his new book, In the Gap, De Jesús directs believers to stand up and stand strong. The message inspires and instructs, challenges and confronts, encounters and encourages. It is required reading for anyone determined to make a difference in the world.

Dr. Chris Hill

Senior Pastor of The Potter's House of Denver, Colorado

Our world is full of "gaps"—places of weakness and vulnerability where we must stand on behalf of needy people and worthy causes. Pastor Choco reminds Christians of the call to stand in those gaps. He explores the traits of "gap people," holding up a mirror for us to examine ourselves. This book issues a much-needed challenge to the church, encouraging us to stand securely on Christ while we stand lovingly in the gap.

Justin Lathrop

Director of Strategic Relations, Assemblies of God